The first incident was the defacing of the banner. Church leaders say was the fourth time it was damaged. The Very Rev. Miguelina Howell, dean of the cathedral, says someone sliced off the word “black” to make the sign read “Lives Matter.”
The second incident, believed to be unrelated, was damage done to the wood and glass entrance to the church. Howell believes the culprit was a homeless man who was shooed away earlier.